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Walking with a Staff and Carrying a Zither

Fu Baoshi Chinese

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Fu Baoshi’s inscription reads:

Ni Zan [1306–1374] said, “What I call painting does not exceed the joy of careless sketching with the brush. I do not seek formal likeness but do it simply for my own amusement.” To evaluate painting, there were different categories of greatness: divine [shen], wonderful [miao], competent [neng], and effortless [yi]. Wasn’t the [eighth-century] critic Zhu Jingxuan perceptive in this regard? Painted during the yichou year [1925] for the advice of Mr. Zhenqing. Master of the Studio for Embracing Stones.

—Trans. Anita Chung

Walking with a Staff and Carrying a Zither, Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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